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by year in the sun
Thu May 28, 2009 8:27 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Drinking Songs, Sea Chantys, and whatever is fun to sing
Replies: 16
Views: 3410

Re: Drinking Songs, Sea Chantys, and whatever is fun to sing

the pogues are spectacular. i also like spirit of the west, 'home for a rest' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPJD3qcIL7s and a traditional one, 'barnyards of delgaty'. my favourite version is michael marra, but i couldn't find it online, so eh. makin and spain: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H30-2XT...
by year in the sun
Fri May 22, 2009 5:04 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: expressions/turns of phrase tha you love . . . share the joy
Replies: 52
Views: 7275

Re: expressions/turns of phrase tha you love . . . share the joy

Beating someone like a red-headed stepchild. Or like a rented mule, if you're not comfortable with child abuse. Or- a friend-of-a-friend's invention: "It's not so bad. You could be on fire. And covered in fire-retardant bees." :D my kid used to listen to me doing the 'uphill both ways . ....
by year in the sun
Wed May 20, 2009 6:08 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Making the world a weirder place
Replies: 1920
Views: 180151

Re: Making the world a weirder place

more on the side of disturbing than weird, but disturbing in a weirdly life-affirming kind of way - my sister just emailed me this. it's my fault for introducing her to http://youknitwhat.blogspot.com/ but still. i don't see why i should suffer alone. http://craftastrophe.net/2009/03/weirdest-family...
by year in the sun
Sat May 09, 2009 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1994
Views: 494437

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

6453893 wrote: they need to switch it up once in a while so that it doesn't sound monotonous.


Great. Then let's hear them say SNOW again for a change.
by year in the sun
Fri May 08, 2009 3:43 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1994
Views: 494437

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

year in the sun , I guess growing up in South Africa, you wouldn't hear people referring to snow a "the white stuff" every day and now it must strike you as silly. true, but i've been here forever (30 years). if they were using it 30 years ago i might have thought it was clever or just so...
by year in the sun
Wed May 06, 2009 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Making the world a weirder place
Replies: 1920
Views: 180151

Re: Making the world a weirder place

i knew this woman briefly who told me a story about her grandfather's 90th birthday or something. they had a huge family get-together 'for' him and basically just forgot all about him while they socialised with one another. so she said she's standing at the buffet table and realises that he's just s...
by year in the sun
Wed May 06, 2009 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Worst song lyrics
Replies: 332
Views: 60803

Re: Worst song lyrics

Hence the warning. On the positive side, your day can only get better? exactly. it's the eat-a-live-toad-first-thing-in-the-morning principle, in a different form. unfortunately i found a song during the day that's even worse, but even more unfortunately it's not in english so i can't really retali...
by year in the sun
Wed May 06, 2009 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1994
Views: 494437

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Incidentally, where were you in those 15 years? If it was a non-English speaking place, I'll more likely believe that you didn't hear it before moving to Canada. If it was the UK or Australia or something, though, I remain skeptical. it was south africa. a very multilingual country, but i assure yo...
by year in the sun
Tue May 05, 2009 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Drinking Songs, Sea Chantys, and whatever is fun to sing
Replies: 16
Views: 3410

Re: Drinking Songs, Sea Chantys, and whatever is fun to sing

tom lehrer, vatican rag http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3f72CTDe4-0 chorus: first you get down on your knees fiddle with your rosaries bow your heads with great respect and genuflect genuflect genuflect do whatever steps you want if you have cleared them with the pontiff everyone saves on kyrie eleis...
by year in the sun
Tue May 05, 2009 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Worst song lyrics
Replies: 332
Views: 60803

Re: Worst song lyrics

Eergh, speaking of catchy (as in this is goddamn awful but it won't get out of my head) as well as terrible lyrics, I'll put in a vote for Lulu's " I'm a Tiger ". The video is best to experience the true awfulness of the song, but click on the link at your own risk - you may want to shoot...
by year in the sun
Mon May 04, 2009 2:39 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: expressions/turns of phrase tha you love . . . share the joy
Replies: 52
Views: 7275

Re: expressions/turns of phrase tha you love . . . share the joy

I'm convinced that would that/would to God that + subjunctive is how the Maker expresses a wish. lol! like stephen fry wagging a finger and murmuring 'would that it were . . . would that it were'. it is nice. i came across 'mad (i.e. angry) as a boiled squirrel' in a jilly cooper novel years ago. t...
by year in the sun
Mon May 04, 2009 2:27 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Euphemisms
Replies: 55
Views: 7846

Re: Euphemisms

"Grandmother has stopped breathing." Saying it like that kind of bugged me, since it took me 15 seconds to figure out that they couldn't make her breathe again. i'm not sure if i was supposed to laugh at this or not, but . . . well, i did. it would affect me in exactly the same way. i gue...
by year in the sun
Mon May 04, 2009 1:19 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Song Identification!
Replies: 458
Views: 203546

Re: Song Identification!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGrUNNDcYpk La Belle Histoire d'Amour possibly? you'd think, wouldn't you? but it wasn't that one. the one i'm thinking of probably wasn't a torch song. in fact it was almost light-hearted by her standards and it might have been, or been derived from, a folk song. it ...
by year in the sun
Sun May 03, 2009 3:01 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Song Identification!
Replies: 458
Views: 203546

Re: Song Identification!

there's an edith piaf song someone played for me in elementary school. i remember nothing about it except that the first line of the chorus ended with the words 'o la la, belle histoire'. it was a little brisker in tempo than most of her stuff. i'd love to track it down but i don't like piaf so much...
by year in the sun
Sun May 03, 2009 2:05 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2417392

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Daoshi wrote:I haven't, but they don't sound too bad! I'm currently surviving on about $6, but when that changes I'll look into it. :?


i like davies, and i'm a fiction nut . . . but i wouldn't spend my last six bucks on him either.
by year in the sun
Sun May 03, 2009 2:02 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Making the world a weirder place
Replies: 1920
Views: 180151

Re: Making the world a weirder place

I'm going to assume it doesn't mean what I think it means... it probably doesn't, sort of. or maybe it does ;) lekker come from lek which means exactly what you probably think it means. it usually means nice, good, great, cool, delicious, etc . . . only in this case it kind of probably doesn't. it'...
by year in the sun
Sat May 02, 2009 9:24 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Best song lyrics.
Replies: 57
Views: 9930

Re: Best song lyrics.

townes van zandt, from 'pancho and lefty': living on the road my friend was going to make you strong and clean now you wear your skin like iron and your breath's as hard as kerosene such a huge contrast between the intention and the result: - 'wearing' your skin, as if it weren't a part of you. and ...
by year in the sun
Sat May 02, 2009 8:39 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Best song lyrics.
Replies: 57
Views: 9930

Re: Best song lyrics.

guy clark, 'dublin blues'. oh i wish't i was in austin, mm hm in the chili parlour bar drinking mad dog margaritas and not caring where you are here i sit in dublin, mm hm just rolling cigarettes holding back and choking back the shakes with every breath so forgive me all my anger, forgive me all my...
by year in the sun
Sat May 02, 2009 6:30 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Making the world a weirder place
Replies: 1920
Views: 180151

Re: Making the world a weirder place

Ok so I do a bit of free diving in Florida springs. And I found I could write in the algee along the walls of the spring head at blue springs. So shortly after I found a small out of the way wall in about 15-20 feet of water that hadn't been written on yet and put a 6 foot message on the wall in la...
by year in the sun
Sat May 02, 2009 6:16 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2417392

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Monika wrote:
year in the sun wrote:knoob! i feel all pleased with myself now

Knoob is not a word, is it? Image

no, it was, um . . . one of my jokes :?
by year in the sun
Thu Apr 30, 2009 7:35 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2417392

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

(Are Ks before Ns always silent? knee knife knight know ... can't think of any other words.) knoob! i feel all pleased with myself now p.s. hi matt. just wanted to say how nice to have another scatterbrained talky type around here. lots of talkies, but i feel a bit isolated in the scatterbraindom s...
by year in the sun
Thu Apr 30, 2009 7:27 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2417392

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

(Are Ks before Ns always silent? knee knife knight know ... can't think of any other words.) knoob! i feel all pleased with myself now p.s. hi matt. just wanted to say how nice to have another scatterbrained talky type around here. lots of talkies, but i feel a bit isolated in the scatterbraindom s...
by year in the sun
Wed Apr 29, 2009 7:00 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Best song lyrics.
Replies: 57
Views: 9930

Re: Best song lyrics.

michael marra, 'like another rolling stone' don't let your sail blow over don't let your ship go down batten down the four-leaf clover tell yourself you're glory bound never mind your needless moaning remember how you come into town nor a comb nor a hammer nor a feather nor a flight nor a hoe nor a ...
by year in the sun
Wed Apr 29, 2009 4:06 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Worst song lyrics
Replies: 332
Views: 60803

Re: Worst song lyrics

That song isn't actually bad, it's just sappy. i'm not getting your point. sappy is bad. and that song is inexcusable. THANK YOU! It's so great to hear a woman (IIRC) say that. Whenever I groan at that song, I'm accused of trying to look like a macho man. Never mind that I write poetry, I'm obvious...
by year in the sun
Tue Apr 28, 2009 7:27 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you had to read for school that you could not stand
Replies: 778
Views: 212337

Re: Books you had to read for school that you could not stand

my son dropped out of a special voracious-readers' book club in 6th grade because they 'chose' lord of the rings and it afflicted him with unbearable rage. and i quote: 'frodo whines for nine pages, gandalf tells him too bad, and they go'
by year in the sun
Tue Apr 28, 2009 7:19 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books that make you genuinely laugh
Replies: 107
Views: 18534

Re: Books that make you genuinely laugh

The romantic I Capture the Castle , Dodie Smith's first novel that published in 1948, is still hilarious. The voice of the narrator is brilliant. Dodie Smith is also the author of The Hundred and One Dalmatians. i just found this in a thrift store yesterday and bought it entirely on your say-so :D ...
by year in the sun
Mon Apr 27, 2009 10:05 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Ten Songs
Replies: 56
Views: 5176

Re: Ten Songs

bruce cockburn: coldest night of the year tokyo tie me at the crossroads when i die wondering where the lions are pacing the cage down here tonight nicaragua southlands of the heart berlin tonight the whole night sky valiant swart: tussen die lyne how can you tune me nooit when i tune you it's cool?...
by year in the sun
Mon Apr 27, 2009 9:24 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Best song lyrics.
Replies: 57
Views: 9930

Re: Best song lyrics.

not the best ever, but one i really like. 'sweet freedom', by koos kombuis. i think it's on an album called madiba bay. i love you like the wind in the trees, in the trees, i love you like a spider web swinging in the breeze i love you like the morning, i love you late at night i love you like the f...
by year in the sun
Mon Apr 27, 2009 8:17 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Worst song lyrics
Replies: 332
Views: 60803

Re: Worst song lyrics

there's a dan hill song that i just can't stand. unfortunately it's the one they always bloody play. even the title is hard to type out. . . it's really near the top of my list of all-time awful. pompous, self-aggrandizing, self-indulgent, whiny, pseudo-profound dreck. man, is that ever a relationsh...
by year in the sun
Mon Apr 27, 2009 7:56 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Some Favorite Quotes (merged: Post-a-quote)
Replies: 467
Views: 55862

Re: Some Favorite Quotes

- ain't no man can help being born average. but ain't no man got to be common - satchel paige - when you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on - timothy findley - i know i'm a nobody. but i'm nobody else's nobody - alan bleasdale's movie no surrender - i ain't in no slump. i just ain't...
by year in the sun
Mon Apr 27, 2009 7:01 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What kind of voice do you hear in your head when you read?
Replies: 119
Views: 19445

Re: What kind of voice do you hear in your head when you read?

Bobber wrote:On another note: What color are the words you see when you listen to speech?


i don't see the words. i see the punctuation. it doesn't have any colour though.
by year in the sun
Sat Apr 25, 2009 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What kind of voice do you hear in your head when you read?
Replies: 119
Views: 19445

Re: What kind of voice do you hear in your head when you read?

I'm usually right, but still, it's very weird. Does anyone know what I mean? Thinking without words? my son used to do that. still does probably, only now he's too old for me to go poking around in his head to see what he thinks. but in 6th grade we used to do his math homework together: i'd write ...
by year in the sun
Fri Apr 24, 2009 9:30 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1994
Views: 494437

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

i hate hearing newscasters, radio people, journalists, what have you . . . referring to snow as 'the white stuff'. it's so fecking twee, but what really sends me round the bend is how they all say it with this 'look how cute and original i'm being here' smirk. it's like they haven't even noticed tha...
by year in the sun
Fri Apr 24, 2009 9:01 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Making the world a weirder place
Replies: 1920
Views: 180151

Re: Making the world a weirder place

somewhere in the perl manual (which i read only enough of to somehow do what i wanted to do and retained nothing of) there's a description of some function, with the full syntax and examples and alla dat, followed by the footnote 'why is this here? we don't know. someone has to cater to the hysteric...
by year in the sun
Thu Apr 23, 2009 2:22 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1994
Views: 494437

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

every three months in the corporate world someone herds us all together and wastes an hour of our lives describing some new flavour of the same-old thing, and telling us that we are now
Spoiler:
empowered
ig. how i do hate that word.
by year in the sun
Tue Apr 21, 2009 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: expressions/turns of phrase tha you love . . . share the joy
Replies: 52
Views: 7275

Re: expressions/turns of phrase tha you love . . . share the joy

Bobber wrote:I've nothing to add (yet) but you can actually edit the topic when you edit the post. :D


it disnae work. i'll just have to pretend it's an intentional piece of scottishness.
by year in the sun
Tue Apr 21, 2009 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: bike commuting
Replies: 49
Views: 5686

Re: bike commuting

This is all true. But when you're comparing the numbers that kinda skews things. you're right. but the original statement was just that he didn't care if it was more expensive than alternate methods, wasn't it? so this is just a description of the various orifices through which he pays to do it his...
by year in the sun
Tue Apr 21, 2009 7:33 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Making the world a weirder place
Replies: 1920
Views: 180151

Re: Making the world a weirder place

. . . Cash Cab . . . i don't do tv. that used to really weird some people out, but they've gotten more sensible about it over time. maybe that's why the strange count is so high in our house - nothing ever seems as weird to us as what you get on tv. here's koos kombuis, introducing one of his songs...
by year in the sun
Tue Apr 21, 2009 7:01 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Making the world a weirder place
Replies: 1920
Views: 180151

Re: Making the world a weirder place

i'm giving my shout-out to bill bailey http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKtxg1D7vZw as my personal professional favourite weirder-izer of the year. gazared, i fear that my son will grow up to become your science teacher :D so, using him as the benchmark, i'd say your snowman probably made that guy hap...
by year in the sun
Tue Apr 21, 2009 6:57 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Making the world a weirder place
Replies: 1920
Views: 180151

Re: Making the world a weirder place

i'm giving my shout-out to bill baileyhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKtxg1D7vZwas my personal professional wierder-izer of the year.

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